The Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

Is a short cruise right for you? We look at the pros and cons of a short Bahamas cruise to help you decide if these quick getaways are right for you.

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

We never have to ask “Should I go on a cruise?” as we are always ready to take a trip. That is why we take advantage of these short three and four day Bahamas cruises as often as we can. Sailing on several short cruises including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, we are here to report how these short cruise compare to other cruises with our list of the pros and cons of a short cruise.

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

A short cruise is definitely a good representation of what a cruise has to offer. However, while many of the things we generally enjoy about cruising are still available on these trips, there are some differences. So, if you are contemplating whether or not a cruise is right for your next vacation, a short cruise might be the best option to test the waters.

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

Pro – You do not need to use up too much vacation time, as these sailings last only a few days. Many 3-day cruises run Friday to Monday, so you may not even need to use any vacation days if you have a flexible work schedule.

Con – You may still need to fly or drive depending on your location, which could add extra travel days, so be sure to factor in travel to and from the port when planning your vacation.

Pro- You will not invest too much time if you do not end up liking the cruise, and you can always book another one while onboard if you become hooked!

Con- You might walk away from this short cruise wanting more. After all the planning, packing, and traveling to the port, three days might seem like too short of a vacation.

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

Pro- If you time things right, you can get a great deal on these short cruises. Cruise lines need to fill these ships every few days, so they do run sales and promotions frequently.

Con – If you do not have flexible vacation time or need to plan around school breaks, the per day pricing for a short cruise will be on par to other cruises of longer length.

Pro – You have the ability to test out a new cruise line with low stakes. Most major cruise lines now offer at least one or two ships that routinely do short sailings, so even if you are a cruiser, a short cruise might be just the ticket you need to try something new.

Con – Ships doing short cruises tend not to be the newest ships in the fleet, so they may not have all the bells and whistles. Although, cruise companies do regularly upgrade these ships to feature newer shows, restaurants, and amenities. Specifically, Royal Caribbean’s newly amplified Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas are now offering short Bahamas cruises.

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

Pro – Most cruise ships doing short cruises are mid-sized ships, which offer a nice mix of venues, activities, and public spaces. You probably won’t be overwhelmed by the size, but you won’t feel trapped either.

Con – You have less choice in ship class on a short cruise. If you had your heart set on trying a small, intimate cruise ship or one of the mega-ships, finding a short cruise that matches a specific wishlist might be difficult.

Pro – Short cruises include most of the same daily activities, entertainment, and dining that you would find on a longer cruise.

Con – So much is offered in such a short amount of time that you may not get to do and see it all. Of course, with a little planning, you can do and see as much or as little as you want. It is your vacation after all!

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

Pro – Most cruise lines offer drink packages, even on short sailings, so you can pay one price and have an all-inclusive experience. This also helps you plan your budget so you know the total cost of the trip up front.

Con – We do notice that more travelers than average have drink packages on short cruises. This means that the lines at the bars can sometimes be long. The crowds on short cruises can be a bit rowdy too, as everyone is looking for a quick getaway to let loose.

Pro – Most short cruises go to popular ports of call like the Bahamas or Cozumel giving you the opportunity to partake in plenty of land-based fun and adventure if you wish to go ashore. Often times, you will also visit the cruise line’s private island for a day of fun in the sun, like the recently renovated Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Con – Most short cruises have similar itineraries, so if there is a particular island or destination you want to visit, a short cruise may not be the best way to get you there.

Top Things to Do on Perfect Day at CocoCay


Now that you have a better sense of what these quick getaways entail, you can weigh the pros and cons of a short cruise to decide if one is right for you. Week long cruises are great, but sometimes a quick getaway might be all you need to recharge your batteries…and give you your cruise fix! We believe there is a perfect cruise vacation out there for everyone- a short cruise may or may not be the right fit for you!


Have you taken a short Bahamas cruise? Drop us an anchor below to share your pros and cons of a short cruise. Help fellow travelers decide if one of these sailings is right for them.

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise

Pros and Cons of a Short Bahamas Cruise
We never have to ask "Should I go on a cruise?" as we are always ready to take a trip. That is why we take advantage of these short three and four day Bahamas cruises as often as we can. Sailing on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas and Majesty of the Seas as well as NCL's Norwegian Sky, we are here to report how these short cruise compare to other cruises with our list of the pros and cons of a short cruise.
Don Bucolo, or “DB”, loves everything about cruising- the ocean, the food, and the atmosphere. While he may be obsessed with doing extensive amounts of research on ships and all elements of a cruise, Don enjoys sharing his new found knowledge with fellow cruisers. When he is not sailing the high seas, he does whatever his wife tells him to do-it only took 10 years to realize this.
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  1. I’ve just been on Anthem of the Seas – my first time on a cruise ship since I was a child. It was a short cruise, just out to sea for a couple of days. I wish I’d seen this post before I went because I’d have been a little better prepared!

      Thanks for reading. So jealous you got to sail on Anthem of the Seas already. We have plans to sail on her in January of 2016. Really looking forward to going back on the Quantum class. Appreciate the comment.

    The longest I’ve been on a “cruise” was just a day-long when I travelled between England & France, Sweden & Finland, Netherlands & England, and I actually quite liked the experience. Would love to try out a longer and more “proper” cruise but I’d need to find a partner-in-crime for this purpose first. 🙂

      Sounds like one port filled day! While we do cruise together, many people enjoy do cruise solo. You are on the boat with all of these other people, so it is easy to make some new friends. Thanks for the comment.

    I went on a weekend cruise to nowhere. It was a nice getaway but I would’t do that longer than a weekend.

      Thanks for the comment. You should try a longer cruise sometime, maybe even one that goes to places other than the Caribbean. You might be surprised how fun a longer cruise can be. Thanks for reading.

    With short (2-3 days) it’s really noticable how long it takes processing everyone om and off the boat including their luggage, and having an organised saferly briefing before setting sail. Con for me!

      Thanks Sarah for the comment. I believe it depends on the ship. Our embarkation and disembarkation was smooth and effortless. Tendering on one of the islands there was a short wait, but nothing unbearable, but I could see how if it is not done properly, that you could feel like you are wasting time. Wasting time is a big con on any vacation.

    I think a short cruise is the only type of cruise for me. I get a little crazy on the week-long trips. Great ideas here!

      Thanks Christy for the comment. Short cruises do let you test the waters to see if you like the idea of cruise travel, which is it’s own type of vacation. Safe travels.

    good list of pros and cons! I haven’t been on a cruise yet! Perhaps I should try it out at least for once (:

    You have a very good list of pros and cons. I’ve been on a 5 day cruise and really enjoyed it. Since I live in Miami I really need to take advantage of all the short cruises that are available.

    Been on 17 Cruises. Except for the first one (Carnival Elation (YUCH) ).They have all been longer Sailings. Lets be Frank here. 3 Night Cruises are a Party Boat, Even on Royal Caribbean MAJESTY of the Seas, It felt like a ” Fun Ship” Cruise. We have Sailed on the Elegant VISION of the Seas. Mariner, Freedom, Serenade,Island Princess, Brilliance, And who will ever forget ALLURE!!!! They are Crowded. These 3/4 night Bahamas Cruises. And filled with not quite yet “Seasoned Cruisers. But if you get the Ultimate Drink Package, and join them . It’s a lot of fun. Yes they are to short. Any Cruise is. We are contemplating the Princess 111 Day World Cruise. Ill keep you posted on that.

      Thanks Tim for the comment. There is definitely a different feeling on a shorter cruise than a longer cruise. That said, even seasoned cruisers like yourself can join in the fun on a short cruise! We had a blast on our 3 day Enchantment sailing, but it was too short for us. Please let us know if you do the 111 day cruise. That sounds amazing. Thanks for reading.

    We’ve done over 60+ “short cruises” between 3-5 nights and absolutely love them. That way we can actually do several cruises for what we’d spend to do just one 7 night trip. Enjoy our short cruises much more than our longer ones and it seems like the staff is more personable on smaller ships. Only problem has been during spring break when the younger crowd seems to get a little out of control.

      Appreciate the comment Gail. 60+ cruises sounds amazing. Only thing stopping us is the flights to and from the cruise port. Being our first short cruise, we found the staff and entertainment to be on par with longer cruises. Even though we did not go during Spring Break, it did feel like there were more drinkers on the short cruise. But, everyone was there to have fun and mostly behaved themselves, us included! When is your next cruise? Thanks for reading.